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I’m watching a lot of movies while I’m sick (I can only read so much). Tonight my friend and I watched “Unknown” with Liam Neeson – not terrible, but not great. I am frequently distracted by the faces and have to look up what movies they were in. Diane Kruger plays a Croatian cabdriver but she was decidedly more memorable as a movie star working as a spy in “Inglorious Basterds”.

Also had some baked pita chips and salsa tonight without serious consequences. Progress!

Mitt and Jay-Z, perfect together

Bill Maher showed photos of hip-hip stars posing with wads of cash in their hands, or in their mouths, and then a photo of Mittens and his whiter-than-white homies at Bain Capital, in similar poses with money. More here.


And of course, even blacks who were eligible for standard mortgages were steered into expensive subprime mortgages:

Blacks are about twice as likely as whites to wind up in the more onerous and costly form of consumer bankruptcy as they try to dig out from their debts, a new study has found.

The disparity persisted even when the researchers adjusted for income, homeownership, assets and education. The evidence suggested that lawyers were disproportionately steering blacks into a process that was not as good for them financially, in part because of biases, whether conscious or unconscious.

The vast majority of debtors file under Chapter 7 of the bankruptcy code, which typically allows them to erase most debts in a matter of months. It tends to have a higher success rate and is less expensive than the alternative, Chapter 13, which requires debtors to dedicate their disposable income to paying back their debts for several years.

Ripping off veterans

For the Catholic church. How little Ricky Santorum did it!

Say what?

This is shocking – and depressing, since the NRC is largely a bunch of industry hacks:

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Thursday blocked Vermont from forcing the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor to shut down when its license expires in March, saying that the state is trying to regulate nuclear safety, which only the federal government can do.

The judge, J. Garvan Murtha of United States District Court in Brattleboro, Vt., also held that the state cannot force the plant’s owner, Entergy, to sell electricity from the reactor to in-state utilities at reduced rates as a condition of continued operation, as Entergy asserts it is now doing.

The nuclear operator filed a lawsuit last year challenging the constitutionality of a state law giving the Vermont Legislature veto power over operation of the reactor when its original 40-year license expires.

In an extensive review of the legislative record, Judge Murtha pointed out in his ruling that in remarks “too numerous to recount here,” state lawmakers and witnesses made clear that their effort to close the plant was “grounded in radiological safety concerns” — the province of the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The commission has already granted Vermont Yankee a 20-year license extension.

The ruling is almost certain to be appealed by the state and an array of private groups that want the plant shut down because of leaks of radioactive tritium and other issues.

A way with words

No matter what the facts are, neocons will have their way.

Isn’t that nice

That they’re so devoted to their jobs:

Undercover police agents in the UK infiltrated environmental groups, had sex with their members, struck up long-term relationships with women in these groups, fathered children with these women, and then abandoned the children.


Two undercover police officers secretly fathered children with political campaigners they had been sent to spy on and later disappeared completely from the lives of their offspring, the Guardian can reveal.

In both cases, the children have grown up not knowing that their biological fathers – whom they have not seen in decades – were police officers who had adopted fake identities to infiltrate activist groups. Both men have concealed their true identities from the children’s mothers for many years.

Failed experiment

The doctor told me to “alternate” Percocet with Motrin, not stop it completely. Which is why I woke up three times last night, and why I have such searing pain this morning. What am I, stupid? (head slap)

‘Steal Away’

‘The Milk of Human Kindness’

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